Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘ANNUAL EDITION’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘ANNUAL EDITION’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘ANNUAL EDITION’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery

Each year over the course of several decades, Op Art pioneer Richard Anuszkiewicz created a different limited edition print for close personal friends, family, and/or individuals who were influential in his career. This early work is the Annual Edition for 1972. Unlike other years, where the silkscreens were printed on board, this one was made in more durable and desirable acrylic. A really stunning piece of geometric, 1970s Op Art! Anuszkiewicz's Annual Editions were not created for commercial use and were thus quite scarce, though now a number of these special personal gifts have been entering the secondary market as the artist's friends and associates are, sadly, passing on. This dazzling screenprint is hand signed in pencil with the artist's full name, and dedicated by the artist to his attorney Marty and his wife Roz on the verso (back)
In 1963 Richard Anuszkiewicz was invited to create the holiday card for the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The small edition was a success and he was made cards for the MoMA again in 1964, 1965 and 1966. After the museum cards, Anuszkiewicz continued producing editions, working with his longtime print partner Norman Lassiter, each year until about 2006. The works typically related to what Anuszkiewicz was doing in his studio at that time. Never available commercially and produced in an edition of 150 or so, the Annual Editions were sent to friends, family and business associates.

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Signature: Signed Anuszkiewicz, dated 1972 and dedicated to Marty and Roz on a label affixed to the acrylic work.

About Richard Anuszkiewicz

Combining an interest in the nature of perception with investigations into the visual and psychological resonance of color, Richard Anuszkiewicz produces paintings whose vibrant colors and geometric shapes seem to pop and pulsate off of the canvas. A student of Josef Albers and one of the leading practitioners of Op art and geometric abstraction, Anuszkiewicz explores color and form in his flat, vibrant abstractions, attempting to reveal the malleability of our perceptions of stillness and movement, depth and color.

American, b. 1930, Erie, Pennsylvania